Senior Expert Contact

Promoting entrepreneurship through expertise - Imparting technical skills through volunteer workThrough their services, Senior Expert Contact (SEC) experts provide hands-on, direct support to companies and institutions in their efforts to grow. 
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Swisscontact Benin
6.3558488
2.3979877
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swisscontact peru
-12.107061
-77.03224689999999
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swisscontact nicaragua
12.126757
-86.25812529999999
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swisscontact nepal
27.6870248
85.31423079999999
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swisscontact laos
17.9575397
102.6318804
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swisscontact kosovo
41.3310337
19.8078796
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swisscontact Bolivia
-16.5097753
-68.1310622
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Swisscontact cambodia
11.5437912
104.9215138
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
  • Donations

The project

Founded in 1979, the Senior Expert Contact (SEC) provides rapid, hands-on support to small and medium enterprises and institutions in developing countries and Eastern Europe. Highly experienced volunteers impart their expert skills and knowledge to small and medium enterprises (SME) and institutions, which otherwise do not have access to this level of professional, affordable support.

SME and education or training institutes, as well as other organisations in developing countries and Eastern Europe, can request an SEC expert if they require technical expertise to overcome business and structural impediments, but cannot afford this at market prices.

Results

Each year, around 140 SMEs and institutions benefit from expert consultancy assignments.
Today, more than 700 mainly retired technical experts, ranging from craftspersons to  hotel managers to marketing specialists, provide their expertise and valuable professional experience.
Since 1979, the SEC has carried out over 3,000 assignments, with experts having provided roughly 1,200,000 hours of voluntary work. This is equal to an estimated 45 million Swiss francs.

SEC assignments result in:

  • Improvements in product quality
  • More efficient work flows
  • Improved work conditions
  • Higher competitiveness on the local market
  • Employment creation
  • Poverty reduction

News

Cambodia
Labour market insertion
11.12.2020
Watch: Cambodia's Leading Agriculture University Completed Assignment with SEC
Mr. Christoph Bickel, an expert of Swisscontact’s Senior Expert Contact (SEC), spent 12 weeks in October and November on an online assignment to assist Royal University of Agriculture (RUA)’s Faculty of Agriculture Engineering (FAEng) to develop Internship Guider (InGuider) handbook and strategic documents, which will help the faculty shape their development. 
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
18.09.2020
Distance consulting
International travel has been rendered practically impossible since March 2020. For Swisscontact’s Senior Expert Contact programme this is a problem because its primary activity traditionally has involved short-term consultancies performed on-site mostly by retired Swiss professionals for the benefit of SMEs in developing countries. However, in...
Cambodia
13.05.2020
SEC Assignment Goes On - Remotely
Good news! Our experts from the Senior Expert Contact (SEC) are still available to give you all the consultancy support adjusted to your current needs – digitally! Contact us to find out what we can offer you through remote consultancy assignments. Your potential meets our experts’ experience – let’s turn challenges into opportunities.